Young dancers delight in WA Ballet’s Coppelia

Child artists L-R: Leisel Rose (Clarkson), Aiden Askew (Mt Hawthorn) and Claudia Gordon (North Perth) with WA Ballet dancer Victoria Maughan in Coppélia. Picture: Anthea McCormick.
Child artists L-R: Leisel Rose (Clarkson), Aiden Askew (Mt Hawthorn) and Claudia Gordon (North Perth) with WA Ballet dancer Victoria Maughan in Coppélia. Picture: Anthea McCormick.

TWENTY-one Perth children have successfully auditioned to dance in WA Ballet�s September season of Coppelia.

Three casts of seven children � four girls and three boys � will play the younger versions of the main characters, including Swanilda, Franz and Dr Coppelius�s daughter Coppelia.

�Choreographer Greg Horsman created a prologue that gives a back story to why Dr Copp�lius is such a mean, crazy man,� WA Ballet education and access manager Deborah Robertson said.

�The auditions were held with Greg and the repetiteur, Janette Mulligan, with our artistic staff.

�We were looking for the kids that were able to perform confidently and pick up the movement quickly.

�We also had to be very careful of their height, as they couldn�t be taller than the dancer who will be playing the same character a few years later.�

Robertson said the young dancers would have six rehearsals with the company dancers before opening night.

�They get to see up close and personal what it�s like to be a professional dancer,� she said.

�In the long term, hopefully this experience will inspire the next generation of principal dancers.

�It�s also a great opportunity for the boys to get involved, which doesn�t happen very often for young male dancers.

�All the boys, both young and old, play football on stage in this production, so they�ll also all be working on their football skills, which is pretty fun.

�For the kids to see how hard the professional dancers work, to get to know them and to see them as role models is really important.�

Coppelia is showing at His Majesty�s Theatre, September 11 to 26.